CBS aired 13 drama series this past season - most of them among the biggest shows remaining on US broadcast TV. Today it announced the renewal of just 8 of them:

  • NCIS
  • NCIS: Hawai’i
  • CSI: Vegas
  • Fire Country
  • FBI
  • FBI Most Wanted
  • FBI International
  • The Equalizer

Some of those shows are midway through multi-season orders. CBS also announced the renewal of some comedies:

  • So Help Me Todd
  • Ghosts
  • The Neighborhood
  • Bob Hearts Abishola
  • Young Sheldon

But some shows remain yet to be picked up - fear not Blue Bloods fan, there are just negotiations still ongoing.  Blue Bloods and SWAT are likely to be picked up after some budget negotiations. New show East New York will have its fate determined by the success or failure of the yet-to-screen True Lies series.

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Why bother

MSNBC hired former White House press secretary Jen Psaki to host a show on the talk news channel.

Psaki will host a weekly series for the cable news channel called Inside With Jen Psaki, beginning Sunday, March 19. The show will run at noon on Sundays and stream on Peacock the following day.

While I suspect that public enthusiasm for Psaki has cooled a bit since the deal with her was announced, what caught my interest was that it will stream on Peacock the following day. My question: Why even bother? It's a news discussion/interview program. If anything interesting happens, the interesting bits will be on social soon after the broadcast. Who do they think will be waiting until the next day to stream a reheated show on Peacock?

MSNBC Sets Jen Psaki Weekly Series, Says Streaming and Social Shows in the Works
The former White House press secretary joined NBC News and MSNBC as a contributor last year.
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